Rising Concern on Increasing Cases of Cervicitis Caused By Mycoplasma Genitalium
Health care providers and other professionals are getting worried over the rising cases of cervicitis in women. This is observed in the growing number of people seeking treatment as well as increase in online discussions that talk about this disease.
The disease affects the cervix, the lower section in a women uterus that connects to the vagina. It occurs when the region gets inflamed by bacteria due to several reasons which include sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as Chlamydia, Mycoplasma genitalium, gonorrhea, and non infectious causes, among other causes.
A recent study done in Britain concluded that the cases of people suffering from cervicitis were on the rise and that many of them were not aware that they had the infection. This was mostly evident if the inflammation had been caused by Mycoplasma genitalium which is sexually transmitted from one person to another.
Unlike other causes such as gonorrhea or Chlamydia, Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) doesn’t give out any symptoms which include menstrual bleeding in-between the month or unusual vaginal discharge. The victim will therefore continue living normally while the infection continues to spread.
Mycoplasma genitalium was discovered in the early 1980s and was thought to have been dealt with until recently when it was pointed to be a main contributor to cervicitis. The biggest worry is the lack of symptoms which makes it difficult to detect using the usual STI tests and close similarity to Chlamydia.
A recent experiment done on 4,500 residents in Britain by the University College London, England revealed that one(1) percent were affected by MG and this was blamed on risky sexual habits such as unsafe sex and multiple sexual partners. Furthermore, the victims were not aware they had it because on lack of signs or symptoms.
The lack of the normal symptoms is what makes dealing with cervicitis caused by MG most difficult since there is no unusual discharge, foul smell, pain, irritation, or inflammation. This is why mass education is needed in order to slowdown or put a stop to the rising cases.
Similar opinions have been expressed by Betsy Foxman, a professor at the University of Michigan, where her main focus is infectious diseases. She says that the possibility of MG contributing to cervicitis should not be taken lightly and physicians need to find ways of combating the ailment.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the cervical infection comes with risks especially if allowed to progess to advanced stages. A woman may become infertile, experience ectopic pregnancy, or completely damage the cervical walls and membranes.
Successfully treating cervicitis should go beyond just dealing with the symptoms and needs to aim at understanding what caused it in the first place, whether it was gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Mycoplasma genitalium, or a non-infectious issue.